17. September 2018

10 Years, 1 Celebration, 1 Magazine. Women Back to Business: A Success Story

Ten years ago, the executive education programme in management «Women Back to Business» was launched. Since then, numerous women have successfully reentered the workforce thanks to this programme. Last Friday, we celebrated the occasion with a special event, an anniversary film and a magazine.

Taking a career break often results in difficulties reentering the workforce later on. This is especially true among women who take a break to care for their families. This was an impetus for Gudrun Sander, adjunct professor at the University of St. Gallen, to launch an executive education programme in management especially for women, the «Women Back to Business» (WBB) programme.

What makes this programme so special? Besides receiving a management update, women also benefit from skills workshops and coaching sessions that help them prepare for job interviews and job market reentry. In the first year, the St. Galler Kantonalbank supported programme participants with five scholarships. This was a breakthrough for the programme. Since then, other companies have joined in as well (e.g. Novartis, UBS, Swisscom, and the Federal Office of Personnel) and continue to offer scholarships as well as internships.

Executive School Programmes:
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Women Back to Business

The management programme for women on the move.

This success story has been 10 years in the making. Last Friday, the Women Back to Business team celebrated the programme’s 10th anniversary together with current participants, alumnae, employees of the University of St. Gallen, lecturers, and representatives from partner companies. «This programme has enormous potential», Caroline Müller-Möhl noted during her keynote speech. The Müller-Möhl Foundation supports the WBB programme as well.

An anniversary magazine was also published that features success stories, entertaining facts about the Women Back to Business programme as well as interesting articles about relaunching one’s career. Order your free copy of the magazine here.

Additionally, a short film was created, featuring statements from our partner companies and from alumnae.

Photo: 14. September 2018,  WBB anniversary, Graduates


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About the author
Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander Prof. Dr. Gudrun Sander has been working for equal opportunities, the advancement of women and inclusion for more than 25 years. She is a titular professor, Director of the Competence Centre for Diversity and Inclusion and Co-Director of the Research Institute for International Management at the University of St. Gallen. With her team of 30 employees, she supports organisations on their way to more equal opportunities.